By Harry Allison
The Eagles are preparing to play the Falcons this Sunday at the Linc.
And I have one piece of advice for coach Doug Pederson:
You better be prepared to score a lot of points!
Atlanta’s defense is bad, as the Falcons have given up an average of 28.8 points (28th) and 381 yards per game (26th).
But they’re still 6–3 and in control of the NFC South.
Their lowest points output this season came in their win in Denver, when they posted 23 on the road, and on the season Atlanta is averaging 33.9 points per game, best in the NFL. That’s better than the Panthers’ league-best 31.3 points per game last year, and better than the Packers’ 30.4 points per game in 2014.
Atlanta’s offense is first in yards (3,863) and first in yards per play (6.8). Matt Ryan is first in passing yards (2,980), first in passing touchdowns (23), second in yards per pass attempt (9.5), and second in quarterback rating (119).
And the running game of Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman is holding its own too: Atlanta currently ranks fifth in rushing yards (1,028), tied for eighth in rushing touchdowns (9), tied for ninth in rushing yards per attempt (4.4), and 10th in rushing yards per game (114).
Outscoring opponents in barn burners every week isn’t a surefire way to win, but with the way that Atlanta can consistently put points on the board (it’s best in the league with 3.11 points per drive), no one’s beating the Falcons without an offense that can keep pace.